Demi Getschko is the first Brazilian to be nominated to the Internet Hall of Fame at a ceremony on 8 April, 2014, in Hong Kong.
The Internet Hall of Fame, created in 2012 by the Internet Society, honors leaders and innovators from around the world who have made extraordinary contributions to the change in the lives of citizens using the Internet. The awards are presented in three categories: “Pioneers Circle”, “Innovators” and “Global Connectors”.
Demi Getschko, an electrical engineer, was nominated in the category of “Global Connectors”, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the growth and overall Internet use.
Getschko, a Brazilian born in Trieste, Italy, began a degree in 1971 in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo and completed his doctorate at the same university in 1989. From 1971 to 1985, he worked at CCE-USP (Electronic Computing Center of the University of São Paulo). From 1985 to 1996 he worked at the Data Processing Center CPD- of FAPESP (the State of São Paulo Research Foundation) and was the ANSP Network’s first Technical Coordinator.
Until 2009 he was a member of the Board of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He has been a director of CGI.br (the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee) since 1995, and Chief Executive Officer of NIC.br (Center for Information and Coordination. Br). He is an associate professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, where he teaches Computer Architecture and coordinates the PUCSPNetLab, Layer 2 laboratory of FAPESP’s KyaTera Project.
The team congratulates Prof. ANSP. Getschko and is honored by this award have been given in recognition of his work at ANSP in the period 1989-1996, which led to the consolidation of the National Research and Education Network (RNP) and the Brazilian Internet itself.
See the 2006 ANSP interview with Demi Getschko: